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Cars & Motorcycles

MotorTrend April 2019

Motor Trend is the world's automotive authority. Every issue of Motor Trend informs and entertains with features on the testing of both domestic and import cars, car care, motor sports coverage, sneak peeks at future vehicles, and auto-industry news.

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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
how soon is now?

Pop quiz: Do you know what Thai food is called in Thailand? Food. Do you know what electrified cars will be called in an electrified future? Cars. And autonomous cars in an autonomous future? You get the point. The world is moving in the direction of EVs and autonomy. Someday there will be more electric and autonomous vehicles than cars powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) that we pilot ourselves. How soon is the question. For all the hype of the past two-plus decades, progress in both arenas has been less leaps and bounds, more fits and sparks. I should know because MotorTrend was there from the beginning, with our first test drive of GM’s new-for-1997 all-electric EV1 in the June 1996 issue. Fast-forward a decade, we followed up with a road test…

4 min.
snakebite 2020 ford mustang shelby gt500

It’s the biggest snake yet. Literally. When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in the fall, you won’t miss it. The satin-finish snake up front, on the back, and on the sides has grown substantially. It’s fitting for the new GT500, which Ford promises will be the quickest and best handling to date. Under the hood is a hand-built 5.2-liter supercharged cross-plane V-8, as opposed to the 526-hp, 429-lb-ft 5.2-liter naturally aspirated flat-plane-crank in the GT350. The blower’s 2.7-liter displacement is more than half that of the engine, for crying out loud. Coping with in-cylinder pressures of more than 2,000 psi required longer, stronger cylinder head bolts, stiffer valve springs, hardened valve seats, and structural ribbing on the cylinder block. To handle all this torque coming from forced-induction supercharging,…

5 min.
ces 2019

CES is the tech show, but as our vehicles become more sophisticated, it’s become a must-see auto show, as well. With 170 exhibitors showing automotive products, it’s easy to pick up on key trends. This year it’s all about how you will or won’t interact with the outside world in the near and distant future—especially when cars start driving themselves. The Near Future Holoride A startup co-founded by Audi Electronics Venture GmbH (an Audi subsidiary) integrates virtual reality headsets in the rear seat with data from the car, turning an A3 E-Tron hatchback into a real-world amusement park ride. It works like this: Marvel Studios created a custom game featuring Guardians of the Galaxy’s Rocket Raccoon flying a spaceship through an asteroid field, and it’s played through VR headsets in the back seat. The…

5 min.
2019 byton m-byte

The Byton isn’t just another 0–60 electric railgun. While the 680-hp Tesla Model S P100D, 1,000-hp Lucid Air, and the 754-hp Rivian R1T will all bazooka onto on-ramps, the Byton’s standard configuration—with a modest 272 hp rear motor and 71-kW-hr battery (250-mile range)—will be merely “quick.” Its “fast” version adds a front 204-hp motor that’s just a shortened (cheaper) version of a rear one, and it can travel a Tesla-like 325 miles on its 95-kW-hr battery pack. But even then, its combined 476 hp won’t raise one eyebrow among performance wonks. Although Tesla has sometimes crowed in its quarterly reports about MotorTrend’s blistering Model S 0–60 times, Byton president Daniel Kirchert tepidly defended his car’s performance, saying it’s “not a lame duck.” Underwhelming? It’s intentional, one leg of a three-legged stool of foundational…

2 min.
2020 volkswagen passat

For all VW’s talk about the 2020 Passat midsize sedan being a full redesign, it stays on the old platform. Only the Chinese-market Passat moves to the MQB platform—yet another sign that China is the dominant market car companies cater to these days. Also, given that sedan sales in America are in the tank, you can’t fault VW for saving a bit of capital investment from the product development budget. Instead, VW is loading up the 2020 Passat with standard features, such as 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED lighting, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto/MirrorLink compatibility. Standard safety features include a blind-spot monitor, rear traffic alert, and front traffic assist with pedestrian monitoring and autonomous emergency braking. Optional driver-assistance features include adaptive cruise control and lane keep and parking steering assist. In addition to four…

1 min.
rear view

50 APRIL 1969 PRICE: $0.50 This cover just makes us wistful. That handsome truck on our April ’69 cover is the first-ever Chevrolet Blazer. Designed to compete with the Ford Bronco, Jeep CJ, and International Harvester Scout, it was a beloved drop-top off-roader. Now the Blazer is back, but unfortunately it seems like it’s in name only, thanks to its crossover underpinnings. 30 APRIL 1989 PRICE: $2.75 To celebrate our 40th year, we dedicated this cover to the “Top 10 Sports Cars of All Time.” Among our picks: Alfa Romeo 1600 Giulia Spider, C4 Corvette convertible, Ferrari 250 GT SWB, Jaguar XK-120, Shelby Cobra, and Triumph TR3A. 10 APRIL 2009 PRICE: $4.99 April 2009’s cover went to the coming Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. “The new Z/28 is basically done,” our sources said, but GM, then in the thick of the Great Recession,…